About this course
Learn how to take blood samples and many other pathology specimens with the on-campus Certificate III in Pathology Collection (HLT37215) course at The Gordon. You’ll learn techniques for taking blood samples, swabs and electrocardiograms and have opportunities to gain hands-on experience in the healthcare industry.
You’ll receive expert tuition in a range of core areas, including collecting pathology specimens, complying with infection prevention, interpreting and using medical terminology, participating in workplace health and safety routines and identifying and responding to clinical risks.
This course also includes a customer service component, so you’ll feel comfortable communicating with a diverse range of patients.
Graduates from The Gordon are well-respected and often highly sought after by major pathology companies.
Assessment will take the form of:
- Hands-on projects
- Workplace tasks
- Written assignments
- Industry placement
To be eligible for this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Possess at least Year-10 level language, literacy, numeracy and communication skills to at least Year 10 level; these skills will be assessed prior to course intake
- Attend a compulsory information session, which includes completing a medical questionnaire and taking a literacy and numeracy evaluation (selection will be based on test results, prior work and study experience and application date)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be available for skills and knowledge obtained through previous study or other relevant experience.
In this healthcare course, the units of competency you may study include:
- HLTPAT004 – Collect pathology specimens other than blood
- CHCCOM005 – Communicate and work in health or community services
- HLTINF001 – Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
- BSBCUS201 – Deliver a service to customers
- HLTPAT001 – Identify and respond to clinical risks in pathology collection
- BSBMED301 – Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
- HLTWHS001 – Participate in workplace health and safety
- HLTPAT002 – Perform venous blood collections
- CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people
- HLTPAT003 – Perform capillary blood collections
- HLTCAR001 – Perform electrocardiography (ECG)
- HLTAID003 – Provide first aid
- HLTPAT006 – Receive prepare and dispatch pathology specimens
- CHCCCS027 – Visit client residence
Why The Gordon?
The Gordon is an award-winning TAFE that has been providing high-quality education and training for over 125 years. As one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria, it services more than 19,000 students each year. Thanks to three purpose-built campuses – in Geelong City, East Geelong, and in Werribee – students are provided with a hands-on learning experience in settings modelled on real-world industry environments. The Gordon also boasts one of the most comprehensive and diverse course ranges in all of Western Victoria, with over 230 accredited qualifications to choose from. Students receive the added benefit of access to The Gordon’s pathway program, which provides articulation and credit transfer opportunities at Deakin University.
East Geelong – 2 Fenwick St, Geelong VIC 3220
Geelong City – Boundary Rd, East Geelong VIC 3219
Werribee Learning Centre – 9 Bridge St, Werribee VIC 3030
The Gordon offers its students access to an array of support services, including academic resources and on-site facilities to help make your time on campus happy, healthy and supportive.
The Gordon Library and study support team is on hand to provide personalised assistance with everything from essay writing to note-taking, and also includes an English as an Additional Language (EAL) program for non-native English speakers. Tailored services are also available via the Aboriginal Education Unit and Disability Support Services offices. Career guidance can be sought from the Careers team at any time, and for anyone struggling with personal hardship, a free and confidential counselling service is available at both the Geelong City campus and East campus.
This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations: